Known for its vibrant music scene, late-night parties, and celeb-studded yachts, I discovered that Ibiza, Spain is also a haven for families – particularly those that visit the resort area of Santa Eulària.
Located an easy 25-minute drive from Ibiza’s airport, Santa Eulària’s beaches, bike trails, and charming towns make it an inviting family destination. After five fun-filled days on the island, here are some of my favourite things to do in Santa Eulària, Ibiza with kids.
Kayak Along the Coast
Santa Eulària’s protected beaches, crystal clear water, and stunning scenery make kayaking an excellent option for families that want to see more of the coastline. Our guide from Club Nautico Santa Eulalia met us at the beach with single kayaks and associated gear. While we paddled through the turquoise waters, the guide cruised along beside us with a motorised dinghy in case the kids wanted to take a break.
Charter a Boat
If you want to explore more of Ibiza by water, charter a boat at Santa Eulària’s centrally located marina and cruise to historic sites, picturesque coves, and family-friendly snorkel areas. Read more about our unforgettable day on the water with a skippered yacht from Náutica Santa Eulalia here.
Spend a Day (or Two) at the Beach
Plan to spend a day or more at one of Santa Eulària’s spectacular beaches. With a summertime water temperature hovering around 25 C, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea draws even the most reluctant swimmer in for a dip.
We spent a day at El Chiringuito beach club (located just outside of Santa Eulària) where you can rent lounge chairs, splash about in the crystalline water, dine in the beachside restaurant, and order food and drinks from your lounge chair. There are many beaches to choose from along Santa Eulària’s 30 km of coastline, with full-service beach clubs like El Chirinquito, or more secluded options.
Visit Santa Gertrudis
There is more than beaches and ocean activities on Ibiza. Be sure to visit the charming hill town of Santa Gertrudis where you can wander the pedestrian-only shopping area, dine on thinly sliced jamón (cured Spanish ham) at Bar Costa, and mingle with locals at the nearby playground.
Cycle on the Island
The abundance of cycling opportunities on Ibiza appears to be a well-kept secret – at least for now. Bike routes include quiet country roads lined with chest-high wild rosemary bushes, trails meandering through pine-scented forests, and dramatic paths skirting along the coast. It’s paradise if you like to explore a destination on two wheels.
We spent a few hours with a guide and high-quality rental bikes from Kandani, and there was a strong consensus that we should ride more on Ibiza.
Travel Tips – Ibiza with Kids
- The Santa Eulària resort area is approximately 20 km from the island’s airport (IBZ). The central town of Santa Eulària des Riu has inviting cafes, interesting shops, a palm-lined promenade, and a 300-foot accessible, smoke-free beach (the first and only smoke-free beach on the island). Visit the Santa Eulària website for more information about this fabulous, family-friendly destination.
- I traveled with a tween and teen and many of these activities are suitable for or, can be tailored for younger or older children.
- Contact Club Nautico Santa Eulalia for more information on kayaking along Ibiza’s spectacular coast.
- Visit the Náutica Santa Eulalia website to charter a boat on Ibiza.
- El Chiringuito beach club offers a children’s program called Little Chiringuito. Visit the El Chiringuito website for more information about the beach club and children’s program.
- Bar Costa is located at Plaça de l’Esglèsia, s/n, 07819 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears, Spain.
- Contact Kandani Bikes, located in Santa Eulalia des Riu, to organize rental bikes and a guide. I cycle all over the world, and the guide from Kandani was one of the best.
Have you visited Ibiza with kids or without? What are your favourite activities on the island?
Our recent visit to Santa Eulària, Ibiza was in collaboration with the Santa Eulària Tourism Office. As always, my opinions are my own. If I don’t enjoy a destination or experience, I won’t recommend it.